Early intervention: too much too young?

Children under 3 are increasingly being subjected to education interventions in a bid to close the attainment gap. But, finds Chris Parr, the research that suggests trying to implement fixes on this age group is highly problematic – particularly when it comes to the current obsession with language

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First, they met the boy. He was 6 when he joined the school, struggling with problems at home, suffocated by the challenges of poverty. He was far behind his peers in all areas of learning and needed urgent help.

So, interventions were put in place, extra assistance was arranged, pastoral support was provided and outreach work with his family became extensive.

But there was too much lost time to make up and too little school time to do it. He got to Year 6 still behind where he should have been.

His sister was luckier: because they met the boy, they met her, too. She was only two years old. ...

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